On his visit to the United States, Minister of Defense of Hungary István Simicskó met with Adjutant General of the Ohio National Guard Major General Mark E. Bartman on Thursday, October 13.

Speaking in Columbus, Minister of Defense István Simicskó emphasized that “We highly appreciate the initiative of the Ohio National Guard and are pleased to have another opportunity to co-deploy in an area of operations. We attach importance to our cooperation with the ONG and are open to continue it and extend its scope.” “Our American colleagues have shared useful experience with us for the renewal of the Hungarian system of volunteer reserve to be reorganized on a territorial basis,” added Minister Simicskó. Currently, over 150 Hungarian troops are deployed in Northern Iraq serving alongside American soldiers in the fight against ISIL.

While on the base, during a static display, the Hungarian Minister of Defense saw the military equipment of the Ohio National Guard. On Friday, October 14, Minister Simicskó visited Tampa, Florida where he held discussions with General Joseph Votel, Commander of the United States Central Command (US CENTCOM) and with Vice Admiral Sean A. Pybus, Deputy Commander of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

(Ministry of Defense)